Northern california soaring association

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Clubhouse Operations and Voice Mail: (925)516-7503

Byron Aiport Operations: (925) 634-0147

The NCSA operates out of Byron Airport located in Byron California. The club operates, weather permitting, on the weekends, though weekday operations may be scheduled as demand and conditions warrant. It is just off the Byron Highway between Brentwood and Tracy. Some of the club's gliders are moved in the summer months to Truckee Airport in the Sierra Nevadas to take advantage of the superb mountain flying, which is considered by many to be the best in the world. Truckee flying is seven days a week from May through September using the Soar Truckee tow plane operations. Several aircraft with instructors remain at Byron throughout the summer.

The NCSA has very experienced and well-qualified Federal Aviation Administration Certified Flying Instructors. The NCSA is the only club in the San Francisco Bay Area that offers basic flight instruction as well as encouraging cross-country soaring flight. A student pilot who flies regularly may achieve his or her private license for half the cost of most commercial operators. The NCSA provides gliders for its members' rental, as well as basic and advanced instruction.


Rolf Peterson (925) 447-5620

Dave Cunningham (925)933-4558

Buzz Graves (408)395-3941

Richard Pearl (916)715-9666

Mike Schneider (510)426-1412

Monique Weil (510)547-0687

Boris Deianov (415)845-9133

This plan allows people to join the club for one month for a fee of $100 to get a feel for gliding with the NCSA before having to write a check for $1324.00 (a thousand is refundable when leaving the club) to join as a full member.

1. DURATION: 8 weekend days on which flying is possible. If there are more than 2 days in which a participant in this plan cannot fly for reasons beyond his/her control, (such as instructor or glider unavailable, no tow plane or pilot, holiday weekend, et cetera), then the-membership will be extended to make up a maximum of six flying days

2. LIMITATIONS: The trial member will not be permitted to fly solo or as Pilot In Command. The trial member will be able to pay dual with an instructor, or as a passenger with an appropriately rated and current club member.
3. PAYMENT FOR TOWS, GLIDER USAGE, AND INSTRUCTION: The trial member will be responsible for these charges. The instructor or club member who is PIC will fill in the tow slips and aircraft logs in his/her name and collect payment for these charges.
4. INSURANCE COVERAGE: Trial members will be covered as passengers by club insurance to the same extent as full members, provided the limitations listed above are complied with.
5. PAYMENT: Payment will be made to the NORTHERN CALIFORNIA SOARING ASSOCIATION (NCSA) prior to any flights being made under this trial membership plan. The $100 fee is not refundable, but may be applied to full club membership, should the trial member ask for and be accepted as a member by the NCSA.
6. TRANSFER TO MEMBERSHIP: The Trial member may become a member of the NCSA at any time during the trial period or after it has expired by following the' standard procedures for joining the club. Any dual flight with an instructor during the trial membership may count as the check flight currently required by the NCSA as a prerequisite for membership. The $100 trial membership will be applied towards the initial fees.

7. SSA MEMBERSHIP: Trial members will be enrolled in the SSA (Soaring Society of America) for one year. They will not be enrolled in PASCO.


A Full Member has voting rights and one share in the club. Each applicant for a full membership must pay-
1. NCSA Membership equity,(refundable upon leaving the club), 2. NCSA first quarter's dues, 3. NCSA application fee, 4. Soaring Society of America (SSA) annual dues magazine and insurance coverage for club equipment included and 5. PASCO (Pacific Soaring Council) annual dues 6. and any personal flight expenses such as tow charges, aircraft fees and instructor fees.

A family member being a spouse or minor child of a full member, is not required to pay equity in the club, but must pay monthly dues.

A Junior Member may participate in the club activities and use the club equipment without having to pay the membership equity. However, the availability of the openings for the junior membership positions is limited by the number of former members, or their heirs, who have donated their equity to the club for the benefit of those minors who would not otherwise be able to participate in soaring. These members will however pay dues and fulfill club obligations as determined by the Board of Directors and in accordance with the dues and fees noted elsewhere.
The Private-Owner member, may utilize the club's tow plane and other facilities without having to pay an equity fee, provided the member has a privately owned glider based at Byron. He/she may utilize the club gliders, with the provisions that that member has signed a promissory note to cover any insurance deductible, and has been checked out in each glider by an NCSA instructor. The private member will pay dues and fees in accordance with the schedule, and must fulfill club obligations.
Designated Instructor members who frequently and actively provide instruction to the students and other members of the club, will not be required to pay membership equity in the club, nor the recurring fees or dues of the club, in return for their benefit to the club. Those flights or usage of the club equipment not directly related to instruction, safety or of an introductory nature, will be paid for by the D.I. member.
Tow Pilot members who frequently and actively provide their time and skills as tow pilots to the club shall be members of the club and shall pay no dues nor fees for their membership, if this activity constitutes their only use of club equipment or facilities.

FAMILY MEMBERSHIPS (Spouse and/or child, accrued per person)
Membership equity carried by full member 0.00.
First quarter's dues $65.00
Application fee 0.00
Soaring Society of America yearly dues $36.00
PASCO annual dues $25.00

(Effective October 1,2006)

Membership equity $1000.00 quarterly dues $160.00
Application Fee $75.00
Soaring Society of America yearly dues $64.00
Pacific Soaring Council (PASCO) annual dues $25.00

Membership equity (see note #1) 1000.00/$0
Quarterly dues $65.00
Application fee $75.00
Soaring Society of America annual dues $64.00
PASCO annual dues $25.00

Membership equity $0.00 Quarterly dues $65.00
Application fee $75.00
Soaring Society of America annual dues $64.00
PASCO annual dues $25.00

JUNIOR MEMBERS (see note #2)
Membership equity $0.00
Quarterly dues $65.00
Application fees $75.00
Soaring Society of America annual dues $35.00
PASCO annual dues $25.00

Membership equity $0.00 Quarterly dues $0.00
Soaring Society of America annual dues 64.00
PASCO annual.dues $0

FLIGHT CHARGES (exclusive of tow fees)
Glider......... Full Member……….Private .......Private

.....................................................(equity) ...........(no equity)
Blanik .............$8.00 ..................$25.00 ............$40.00
1-26 ................$8.00 ..................$25.00 ............$40.00
Grob 102 .......$20.00 .................$35.00 ............$50.00
Grob 103 ........$20.00 ................$35.00.............$50.00

Flight Data Recorder ………………………… $10 per flight

$27.50 for first 10 minutes, $2.75 per minute thereafter.
PATTERN TOWS (including tow charges)
Blanik, 1-26 and Private aircraft $20.00.
Grob 102 and Grob 103 $30.00.
TIE DOWNS: 35 dollars a quarter

Retrieve Tows: $90 per tach hour

Note #l--As a private-owner member, an individual may select from one of the following options:
(a)deposit and/or leave his/her full membership equity in the club treasury, allowing full use of the club equipment, with charges as noted above, or
(b)apply the deposited equity as a monthly credit to Private-Owner member dues, until its exhaustion, or take full refund of the deposited membership equity. The Private Owner Members can use Full Member equipment, without equity fee, providing he/she has been checked out in each glider by a Club CFIG, and has signed a promissory note to cover any insurance deductible. Usage fees and dues subsequently will be as noted on this cost schedule.
Note 2--A Junior Member is less than 25 years old, and a full time student of a junior or high school, trade school or college. He/she will participate in the club activities and use of equipment as allowed by the donated equity fees of former members, and will pay dues and fees as noted in this schedule.



The NCSA has the purpose of providing safe and enjoyable soaring for its membership. Members are selected by the Board of Directors from applicants on the basis of their skills, willingness to work and learn, and general enthusiasm. Applicants must have the financial ability to pay all charges and assessments.[Note: Members may be assessed up to $1,000 in the event of accidental loss or damage to club aircraft.] The NCSA attempts to provide reasonably priced soaring for the membership by utilizing the skills and labor of its members. Therefore, all members are expected to work on Club equipment and business as their skill and abilities permit. (Usually about 2 to 3 hours a month is typical.) This form can be used to sign up with the Northern California Soaring Association or for an address update. For new memberships, the membership coordinator of the Northern California Soaring Association will contact you after you have submitted this signup and give you more details about dues, member activities, etc.

First Name__________________________ Middle Initial ____ Last Name_____________________________


City _______________________________ State_____________ Zip Code_____________________________

Home Phone:__________________ Business Phone______________ Cell Phone________________________

Email Address: _________________ Occupation__________________ Birthdate _______________________

What other clubs are you a member of:__________________________________________________________

Are you a member of the SSA? ________ If yes, provide your SSA#____________________

Pilots Certificate # _____________________________(please provide copy with application)

Drivers License #______________________________(please provide copy with application)

Pilot Ratings Earned: ________________________________________________________________________

Class and Type of Aircraft Flown: ______________________________________________________________

Glider Time: Solo Hours-__ Pilot in Command Hours-___Dual Instruction Hours- ___ Total Hours-_________

Glider Time in the last 12 months:_________________

Have you ever been involved in an aircraft accident? If yes please provide dates and explanation: ___________


Mail application to: John Randazzo ; 8 Little Creek Court; San Ramon, CA 94583 or

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